Thrillers, Suspense & Mystery

Gillespie Field Groove

Corey Lynn Fayman (Konstellation Press)

| Reviewed by Eugene Lasha

Gillespie Field Groove by Corey Lynn Fayman is a captivating mystery that combines elements of urban change, racial dynamics, and the enduring allure of music. Against a rapidly transforming cityscape, private detective Rolly Waters investigates a case involving a mysterious guitar linked to Jimi Hendrix and the enigmatic past of Lucinda Rhodes's deceased father. Lucinda hires Rolly to track down a Stratocaster guitar that her deceased father owned, and as he follows the trail, he becomes embroiled in a world of mystery. Gillespie Fie...

HERE BE EVIL

Michael John Woodhams (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by David Reyes

Here Be Evil by Michael Woodhams is a gripping blend of crime thriller and speculative fiction that plunges readers into a world of mystery, intrigue, and otherworldly danger. Set against the backdrop of London's iconic landmarks and the rugged landscapes of Wales, the novel follows protagonist Paul Trigger, head of the Ministry of Defence's Section 'S,' as he investigates a series of brutal murders with DNA evidence suggesting a perpetrator beyond the human world. The narrative opens with intriguing details, gradually escalating in tensio...

It's Not a Game

Carol Kinnee (Carol Kinnee)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

It's Not a Game by Carol Kinnee is a captivating tale with suspense and intrigue, presenting a world where love and danger collide unexpectedly. Through the eyes of homicide cop Ang Mason, Kinnee paints a vivid picture of a woman caught amid a deadly game where the stakes are high, and every move could be her last. The narrative opens with readers' immersion into Ang's world of crime syndicates, illegal arms dealing, and the relentless pursuit of justice. As Ang deals with her nephew's involvement with drug-dealing rich kids, she finds herself...

Death in Secret

D.E. Ring (Grinder)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Death in Secret by D.E. Ring is a gripping addition to the Urquhart & MacDonald series, offering readers a departure from the usual murder mysteries. In this installment, Inspector Jimmy Urquhart's wife, Sandy MacDonald-Urquhart, takes center stage as she investigates a complex case involving espionage and murder on the Barrachois army base. The story begins with a strong premise —the sudden death of a seemingly ordinary woman on the army base, sparking an investigation that uncovers layers of intrigue and secrecy. As a second murder occurs...

The Arnolfini Art Mysteries

Rich DiSilvio (DV Books)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

Rich DiSilvio's The Arnolfini Art Mysteries is a book with an irresistible appeal to fans of crime thrillers and deftly crafted sleuth novels. It follows the investigative work of Armand Arnolfini, an intelligent investigator on a mission to solve multiple art thefts. The book features a collection of richly illustrated and interconnected mysteries and takes readers on a thrilling ride from New York to Italy, Belgium, Germany, and beyond. In each standalone episode, Arnolfini faces a new challenge as he investigates art thefts, forger...

The Ghost in the Garden

Alisse Lee Goldenberg (Crimson Dragon Publishing)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

The Ghost in the Garden by Alisse Lee Goldenberg takes readers on a captivating journey through the eyes of twelve-year-old Sophie Madison as she navigates the challenges of moving from the bustling city of Calgary to the quieter town of Stratford, Ontario. Through vivid storytelling and compelling characters, Goldenberg skillfully explores themes of adaptation, resilience, and the supernatural, creating an engaging narrative that will resonate with readers of all ages. Sophie Madison is a relatable protagonist whose emotional journey captures...

Forgotten Oath

Dorothea N. Buckingham (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by James Farlow

Forgotten Oath by Dorothea N. Buckingham is a captivating middle-grade novel that blends elements of fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. The story follows Noah, a young boy who finds himself thrust into a centuries-old oath made by his grandfather to a Night Marcher, a supernatural being from Hawaiian folklore. As Noah travels back in time to 1834 Hilo, he must navigate a web of intrigue to prove his innocence and fulfill his promise. One of the most striking aspects of Forgotten Oath is its exploration of themes of honor, loyalty, and th...

Overmorrow

HL Cherryholmes (Amazon Kindle)

| Reviewed by James Farlow

Overmorrow by H.L. Cherryholmes is a genre-defying tale with strong hints of the supernatural, a story that features the stories of three misfits whose lives converge in an unlikely sweeting. Meredith Percy hasn't been showing a lot of progress at the rehab and when someone suggests that it might be because she is still clinging to her past, she risks everything and sets out to find answers. Elijah Blanchard is on his way to a funeral. Yvonne Martinez is going back home after a visit to her friend. A storm interrupts the journeys of these three...

The Serpent's Teeth

Stephen Kronwith (Stephen Kronwith)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

The Serpent's Teeth by Stephen Kronwith offers a dazzling portrait of two families and an intricate exploration of a crime mystery. Detective Jane Rieger-Franklin lives with her wife, Anna, and their two adopted daughters, Felicity and Khaleesi. They might not be the perfect family, but they keep the family unit together. Emma King runs a family that includes four grown children and the children hate Emma just as much as she hates them. Then Emma turns up dead and Jane is pulled into the investigation that will offer as many revelations about t...

Then Came Four

Edward Izzi (Cassino Publishing)

| Reviewed by Philip Zozzaro

The blistering heat of a late summer day had relinquished its grip as the evening wore on. Cynthia Young was a street walker attempting to make it through another day when she was accosted by two Detroit police officers. Their hassling transitioned into an arrest and brutal sexual assault followed by an execution-style shooting. Unfortunately, the actions taken by these two officers were not abnormal in 1960s Detroit. The actions of the “Big Four” of the 13th precinct were often excessive if not outright illegal. However, the low crime r...

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